Tuesday, December 17, 2013
12/17/2013, #69, 4th Quarter 2013
Holy Father, please give us a heart to tell the next generation you mighty deeds and how you have saved us.
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them. (Psalm 44:3)
"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit", says the LORD hosts. (Zechariah 4:6b) Jesus, thank you for all that you have done for us through your Holy Spirit. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.
Holy Spirit, renew in us a passion for Jesus and a desire to go deeper with him.
"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Revelation 3:14-16)
Jesus, there is a cloud of complacency that hangs over so many churches in our region. Have mercy on us and by the power of your Holy Spirit renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.
Jesus, the cost of being lukewarm is so high -- bring us to repentance and new life in you.
Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-- (Revelation 3:17)
Holy Spirit, please help us recognize our condition for what it is: wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, and help us turn to our Father in heaven for help.
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. (Revelation 3:18 )
Father, help us to value what is valuable in your sight.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:19)
Jesus, thank you for rebuking and chastening us. Help us see it as a sign of your Father's love for us. Just as you had to learn obedience by the things you suffered, help us learn obedience as well (Hebrews 5:8 ). Let us there come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
Holy Spirit, help us hear and invite Jesus in.
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. (Revelation 3:21)
Father, help us overcome so that we may sit with Jesus.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." ' " (Revelation 3:22)
Father, give us ears to hear what your Holy Spirit is saying to the church. Thank you.
A word received: Come to me. Look to me for help.
A word received: Listen, I AM knocking on the door. Will you open to me?
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Zech. 2:1-13: Rev. 3:14-22: Matt. 24:32-44
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, ; Zech. 3:1-10: Rev. 4:1-8: Matt. 24:45-51
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 16 Clergy spouses and families
December 17 Missionaries in foreign lands
***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, December 21. This service will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, Eucharist will be celebrated, and prayer will be offered for those in need of healing or any other needs.
***** Monthly Prayer, Praise and Eucharist
Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, this Friday, December 20 @7pm for our monthly Worship service. Bishop Mike Chapman will preach and will lead prayer for the sick and the suffering. Please come and bring a friend!!
***** You are warmly invited to share...
Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24 at 10 o'clock in the Morning in The Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in Carols and Scripture and Drama from The Living Gospel Ministry with Christ-mass Communion at The Ecumenical Public Healing Service, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
***** Prayer line of St. Ann's Episcopal Church Amsterdam, Tuesday, December 17, 2013 6:14 AM
Fr. Neal: Please pray for the New York State Trooper and all those injured in last nights 3 car accident on the Thruway. The troopers vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer and he is in critical condition.
***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for 16 December 2013
Dear partners in prayer, This week's selective overview:
1) This week, I added several hundred course-related video links to our public seminary Web-site on a variety of subjects, in addition to attending to other matters such as preparing with other faculty for the Spring 2014 courses and helping candidates with their ordination questions.
2) I added tracking to the main page of our seminary course Web site in Moodle, in addition to the tracking that I previously set up for our public Library Web site in Google. I am pleasantly surprised by the number of individual users as well as the number of hits at both locations.
3) A meeting set up with people in the ordination process in Belize did not happen for some reason, as far as I can tell. Some things are a mystery.
1) Pray for the monthly gatherings of those in the ordination process. It is new for the Diocese of Belize, at the Bishop's request.
2) Continue to pray for upcoming visits for Belize in January, March, May, and October.
3) Continue to pray in good times and lean times, that the Holy Spirit would guide: faculty, family, finances, plans, programs, diocesan plans, and parish visits.
In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+
***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT, ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Dec. 16, 2013; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Very, very cold morning of 10 degrees at start. It was so cold my stock of Holy Oil froze and I couldn't use it! As has been the case the past month or so, we gave out a lot of winter clothes and non-perishable food. We started with a laundry basket containing about 20 cans of soup, 20 boxes of mac and cheese and maybe a dozen cans of tuna fish. In the first half hour, it was all gone and I had to go back into the church and get more! The need is great now that the weather has turned very cold. God bless all our church members and outsiders who have contributed food, mailed in checks for food and clothes for the many people in our neighborhood in need.)
t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
f -- received non-perishable food items.
c -- received warm winter clothing.
c -- MAN (no name) -- Gratefully took some warm socks and a hat. We prayed for his protection and well-being. When he opened his eyes after the prayer, he was weeping. He said "God bless you!"
ETHEL -- This amazing woman (who is about 75-80 years old) walks all over Amsterdam delivering food to her friends and family who are disabled. She loves St. Ann's for its outreach and always thanks us for "being out here."
f,c -- REBECCA -- This regular has been bringing her cute two-year-old nephew MICHAEL the last few weeks, but it was too cold to bring him out today so she left him with her boyfriend while she picked up food, clothing and prayer. We prayed for faith to get this rough patch in their lives. (This was a common theme today.)
t, f,c -- WOMAN (no name) -- This woman did not understand English, but she comprehended enough with the help of our limited Spanish that we were out there to help and offer prayer. Like so many first-time visitors to His table in front of our church, she could not believe that we are offering help and prayer for FREE. She gratefully accepted clothing, food and prayer. I prayed in English but made gestures and some limited Spanish words, and I KNOW she understood!
f,c,t -- LAURA AND CHRIS -- This couple stopped at the light in front of the table and asked what was going on. We told them and they went around the block and came over and took food, clothing, crosses and a prayer to help them get through this difficult financial struggle they are going through. "We weren't always poor. We didn't see this trouble coming," Laura said. We prayed at length for God to help them through this hard time and for them to get back on their feet.
f,c -- NANCY -- This woman comes every week and fills a couple of plastic bags with food items to get her through the rest of the week. She said today, "I don't know what I would do without you nice people at St. Ann's." (We do not ask questions why people have no food and we do not limit what they can take. All we care about is that they are hungry and they need our help. That is all anyone needs to know. Jesus did not limit the people who were at the miracles of loaves and fishes as to how much food each person could take. There were even baskets left over!
f,c -- DAVID -- This veteran from the Vietnam war comes by often and collects things for his needy friends. Today he took food and clothes for three young men -- brothers -- who are living in a humble dwelling on the outside of town. Their father just died and only one of the brothers has a job. They are having a hard time getting through each week. David and I prayed for the men to have strength and to look to God in faith for help and guidance to get through this difficult time.
MARGARET -- She stopped by with bubbling happiness and said "Thank you for what you are doing. Your church is wonderful." (She is a member of one of our neighboring churches but often comes to our Community Meal at the end of the month.
f,c -- ED -- Asked for prayers for his mother SHARON, who is " ... not doing well."
t,f,c -- JULIA -- Sought prayer for her sister SHERRY, who has been having neck and back problems and will see a doctor this week.
***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Mark fetherstonhaugh has sent this request
Can we pray please for “David”. David is the parking attendant in the car park that I use, he’s around 20 and has an illness like Parkinson’s, very sad to see the impact of this on such a young life. We have a great God who heals -- lets pray that He is glorified by how he heals David!